Jodi Reeb Encaustic and Alternative Surfaces Retreat

June 16 - 18, 2023 Go back

Be inspired and push your work into beautiful metallic layers and wax! In this exciting mixed-media Encaustic painting workshop, you will explore creating translucent, textured and layered paintings only achieved with molten beeswax.

All levels welcome.

Check In: June 16, 2023
Check Out: June 18, 2023

Tuition + Meals: $605
With TreeHaus Lodging Package: $983
With RicePod Lodging Package: $1,153
With Nest Lodging Package: $1,283

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Class description

This new 3-day retreat is designed to expand your toolbox to combine metallic surfaces such as rust, copper, bronze and pewter with your encaustic paintings.

You will learn how to create rich, metallic surfaces combining Sophisticated Finishes paint and patinas. These paints contain real metallic particles such as iron, copper and bronze and offer rich patinas that oxidize.

These finishes create beautiful, rusted and patina affects on many surfaces and can be combined under or over encaustic paint. You will be inspired to add a variety of surface treatments including powdered graphite and metal leafing. These surfaces can be layered or be the final finish. The metallic paints bind on porous and non-porous surfaces.

You will create artworks that will develop your aesthetic and artistic voice with Encaustic.

A brief history and description of Encaustic painting will be discussed as well as basic supplies and tools, safety and preparation of substrates. There will also be lots of work time with individual feedback! The workshop is great for beginners as well as experienced artists. 


  • Create artworks that will develop your aesthetic and artistic voice with Encaustic
  • Gain confidence in the medium and learn many mixed-media techniques
  • Experiment and discover combinations of integrating paintings and metallic finishes


Jodi Reeb lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been a full-time artist and teacher for over 26 years. She has taught printmaking, acrylic and encaustic painting as well as book arts.

Her artwork has been shown nationally and has received numerous awards and is in many private and corporate collections including Wells Fargo Mortgage, Target Corporation, UnitedHealthCare Group and the Hilton Hotel among others.

Jodi was awarded a Hinge Arts Residency through the Springboard for the Arts in 2020 and a CBS Conservatory Artist’s Residency at the University of Minnesota. She also received the 2022 Project Space Grant at Kolman & Reeb Gallery to explore site-specific art installations and sculptures.

She is the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in 2018 & 2021. She received a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, MCAD, where she instructed printmaking for over 9 years.

Jodi is a CORE instructor for R&F Handmade Paints teaching monthly workshops in her studio as well as nationally. She also teaches acrylic painting workshops and is a GOLDEN Acrylic Paints Artist Educator and is an Ampersand Arts Ambassador.

Jodi creates her mixed-media paintings and sculptures in her studio at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art where she has been a co-op member for 17 years in Minneapolis.

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Supply List

Please note, a $50 supply fee is included in your retreat tuition.

Here are some items you should bring:

  • Your choice of at least 6 - 8 substrates for painting on - cradled or uncradled - recommended size of 12x12", 10x10" or whatever you can bring with you. This will allow you to work on several paintings at once because there is some drying time involved with this process.
  • Natural bristle 8 - 10 painting brushes in varying sizes (goat or hog bristle)
  • An apron to protect your clothing
  • Any supplies that you normally work with in your studio practice that could make this process your own such as collage, fabric, small metal objects such as hardware washers, nails, screws, etc.
  • Basic tools such as scissors, pencil, scraping tools or palette knives or texture tools and blue tape – different sizes if you prefer
  • Bring a Heat gun if you have one.

Supplies will be provided in your supply fee:

  • Heat guns
  • Electric palettes
  • Encaustic medium
  • Encaustic paint
  • Oil pigment sticks
  • Encaustic gesso
  • Blue tape
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Metallic surface paints
  • Graphite powder
  • Metal leafing